Reuben Son – Asleep at the Drawing Board, excerpt from side A, 7inch record on clear vinyl, released by Private Chronology, Boston, MA, June 2014
This disc is part of three new releases published in June 2014 on Private Chronology, an independent label from Boston, MA, run by guitarist and composer Reuben Son. A double time capsule this one, as, on the one hand, the music consists of vintage, analog synth sounds exclusively and, on the other hand, these sessions were recorded in 2011, pressed on vinyl in 2012, but only released in 2014. The rather abstract A-side is a succession of semi-aleatoric flurries of chunky bleep sounds in the form of three short electronic studies. Sounds are briefly altered by filters, pitch modification and reverb but stay in the same high pitched range throughout. The B-side is a different thing altogether, with its melodious, slow motion synth loops playing out of phase of each other in each speaker. In the final section, electronically-produced or sampled wordless, female vocalizations grant the music a Hauntology vibe slowly fading away till the end of the disc. The utilitarian design intentionally reinforces the impression of a document from a by-gone era, not unlike some of Bruce Licher’s letterpress designs for Independent Project Records (Savage Republic).